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Can You Blame Your Headaches on Your Thyroid?

Posted 2 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – People with migraines and other headache disorders have a greater risk of a thyroid disease known as hypothyroidism, a new study suggests. Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, constipation and irregular menstrual cycles, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The study included more than 8,400 people. The volunteers were followed for 20 years as part of a medical monitoring project. People with pre-existing headache disorders – such as cluster or tension headaches – had a 21 percent higher risk of hypothyroidism, the investigators found. And people with a possible migraine disorder had a 41 percent greater risk. The findings suggest that people with migraines are particularly susceptible to hypothyroidism. ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Thyroid Disease, Migraine Prevention, Hashimoto's Disease, Cluster Headaches, Hyperthyroidism, Migraine Prophylaxis, New Daily Persistent Headache, Goiter, Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis

Thyroid Levels in High-Normal Range May Be Linked to Cardiac Arrest

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – People with higher levels of thyroid hormone in their bloodstream may be at greater risk of sudden cardiac death, even if those levels aren't abnormally high, a new study suggests. "Our study shows that the risk of sudden cardiac death increases with higher thyroid hormone levels, even in the normal range," said lead researcher Dr. Layal Chaker, a research fellow in endocrinology and epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Sudden cardiac death occurs when a person's heart stops due to a malfunction in the electrical system that drives the heartbeat. Researchers found that people with thyroid hormone levels at the high end of the normal range were 2.5 times more likely to die from sudden cardiac death, compared with people at the lower end of the range. In addition, the 10-year risk of sudden cardiac death was four times ... Read more

Related support groups: Thyroid Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Thyrotoxicosis

Thyroid Cancer Cases in U.S. Level Off, Perhaps Reflecting Diagnostic Changes

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Fewer thyroid cancers are diagnosed in the United States now than in the recent past, perhaps signaling a change in physician practices, a new study says. And many thyroid growths won't even be called "cancer" any more, according to another new report. The tripling of thyroid cancer cases over the past 30 years "used to be a mystery," said Dr. Luc Morris, lead author of a report published online April 14 in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery. But recently, many researchers attributed the rise largely to technological advances that allow doctors to identify and biopsy small, harmless nodules in the thyroid gland, said Morris. He is a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "Up to 30 percent of healthy persons have small cancers in their thyroid glands, and nearly all of these would not go on to cause ... Read more

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Overactive Thyroid Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 12 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 – Women who have an overactive thyroid gland might be at greater risk for breast cancer, a new study suggests. A team of Danish researchers found that women with the condition – called hyperthyroidism – appeared to face an 11 percent increase in their risk for breast cancer, compared to women with a normal-functioning thyroid gland. On the other hand, women with the opposite problem – a condition called hypothyroidism, where abnormally low levels of thyroid hormones are produced – saw their risk for breast cancer dip 6 percent below that of women with normal thyroids. But at least one breast cancer expert not involved with the study said she was reluctant to read too much into the study findings. The findings stem from a 36-year review that identified nearly 80,000 Danish women with an overactive thyroid and more than 61,000 women with an underactive ... Read more

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Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says. Removal of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck, is a common operation. More than 72,300 total thyroidectomies are performed in the United States annually, usually to treat thyroid cancer or benign thyroid diseases, the study authors said. The authors examined data from nearly 17,000 American adults who had their thyroid removed between 1998 and 2009. About half these patients had cancer, and the other half had thyroid disease. Overall, 6 percent of the patients had complications after their surgery, such as damage to voice box nerves, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, breathing or heart problems, hormone deficiency and death. Complication rates were 4 percent among patients whose surgeon ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Thyroid Disease, Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Hashimoto's Disease, Hypothyroidism - After Thyroid Removal, Hyperthyroidism, Thyroid Cancer, TSH Suppression, Goiter, Thyroid Suppression Test, Graves' Disease, Head & Neck Surgery, Thyroid Storm, Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, Myxedema Coma, Thyroid Tumor, Thyrotoxicosis, Thyroid Hemorrhage/Infarction, Myxedema

Even Slightly Overactive Thyroid Linked to Higher Fracture Risk

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Even people who only have a mildly overactive thyroid gland face an elevated risk for fractures in the hips or spinal area, a new review suggests. "Subclinical hyperthyroidism" is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gland produces too much of the hormones that control basic metabolism but there is a lack of symptoms, and hormone readings are normal in blood tests. Past research has shown that more pronounced cases of hyperthyroidism are associated with a raised fracture risk, the reviewers explained. But it hasn't been entirely clear whether the same holds true for milder forms of the condition. The Swiss reviewers looked at 13 past studies involving more than 70,000 patients to try to answer that question. "There have been several studies that have previously suggested an increased risk for fractures, but up until now it wasn't clear if it was a real ... Read more

Related support groups: Thyroid Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Fracture, bone, Graves' Disease, Prevention of Fractures

Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – A new study supports the notion that thyroid disorders can cause significant reproductive problems for women. The report's authors believe that testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women who have fertility problems and repeated early pregnancy loss. The research, published Jan. 23 in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, found that 2.3 percent of women with fertility problems had an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), compared with 1.5 percent of those in the general population. The condition is also linked with menstrual irregularity, the researchers said. "Abnormalities in thyroid function can have an adverse effect on reproductive health and result in reduced rates of conception, increased miscarriage risk and adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes," said study co-author Amanda Jefferys in a journal news release. She is a researcher from the ... Read more

Related support groups: Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Hypothyroidism - After Thyroid Removal, Female Infertility, Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid Problem Can Lead to Sick Leaves From Work, Study Finds

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – People with an overactive thyroid gland – called hyperthyroidism – are more likely to take extended sick leave from work than those without the disorder, new research finds. This is particularly true the first year after a person is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, according to the study published June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The thyroid is located in the front of the neck and secretes hormones that regulate the body's energy use, oxygen consumption and heat production. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disorder called Grave's disease, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. People with Grave's disease can develop eye problems and swelling of the thyroid gland, known as a goiter. In the new study, researchers analyzed sick leave and disability pension claims among 862 workers in Denmark ... Read more

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Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?

Posted 20 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 – Older adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 people, average age 70, who were depression-free and had their thyroid activity assessed at the start of the study. Over eight years of follow-up, people with thyroid glands that were more active than average – but still within the normal range – were more likely to develop depression than those with lower levels of thyroid activity within the normal range, the investigators found. "These results provide insight into the powerful effects thyroid activity can have on emotions and mental health," Dr. Marco Medici, of the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. Hormones produced in the thyroid gland control the rate of many bodily activities. ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Hyperthyroidism

Mild Hyperthyroidism Tied to Higher Death Risk

Posted 3 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 3 – People with a mild form of hyperthyroidism may be at increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to a new study. Hyperthyroidism means that the thyroid gland makes and releases too much thyroid hormone, causing symptoms such as weight loss, higher blood pressure and nervousness. A mild form of the condition is called subclinical hyperthyroidism. In this study, researchers looked at about 6,200 people in Denmark who were diagnosed with subclinical hyperthyroidism between 2000 and 2009 and found that they had a significantly increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes. Of the 706 deaths among people with subclinical hyperthyroidism, 15 percent could be attributed to the thyroid condition, according to the study, which is scheduled for presentation at the European Congress of Endocrinology, held April 27 to May 1 ... Read more

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People With Type 1 Diabetes at Risk of Thyroid Disease

Posted 15 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 15 – People who have type 1 diabetes are more likely than others to develop an autoimmune thyroid condition. Though estimates vary, the rate of thyroid disease – either under- or overactive thyroid – may be as high as 30 percent in people with type 1 diabetes, according to Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, an endocrinologist with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the odds are especially high for women, whether they have diabetes or not, she said, noting that women are eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid disease. "I tell my patients thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes are sister diseases, like branches of a tree," she said. "Each is different, but the root is the same. And, that root is autoimmunity, where the immune system is attacking your own healthy endocrine parts." Hatipoglu also noted that autoimmune diseases often run in families. A grandparent may have had ... Read more

Related support groups: Thyroid Disease, Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Diabetes, Type 1, Hyperthyroidism

Overactive Thyroid May Raise Risk for Common Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 27 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 – People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) are at increased risk for a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a large study suggests. The researchers said their findings point to the value of long-term screening for atrial fibrillation in people with hyperthyroidism, which causes many of the body's functions to speed up. About one in 100 women and one in 1,000 men develop hyperthyroidism at some point in their lives and the condition can occur at any age. The study, led by Christian Selmer of Gentofte University Hospital, in Hellerup, Denmark, included more than 586,000 Danes who had undergone a thyroid function blood test between 2000 and 2010. During an average 5.5 years of follow-up, 3 percent of the patients were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and 53 percent of those patients were women. However, compared ... Read more

Related support groups: Atrial Fibrillation, Hyperthyroidism

Mild Hyperthyroidism Won't Raise Heart Risk: Study

Posted 20 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 20 – People with a mild form of hyperthyroidism, known as subclinical hyperthyroidism, are not at greater risk for heart disease or death, according to a new study. The findings were scheduled to be presented Thursday at the American Thyroid Association annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada. A person is considered to have subclinical hyperthyroidism when their blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone are low, but levels of the thyroid hormones known as thyroxine and triiodothyronine are normal. In full-blown hyperthyroidism, thyroid hormone levels are high. "Hyperthyroidism is associated with a number of health concerns, chief among them being cardiovascular disease," Douglas Forrest, of the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and program co-chairman for the meeting, said in an association news release. "Though subclinical ... Read more

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Thyroid Treatment Guidelines for Pregnant Women Revised

Posted 14 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14 – Thyroid hormone is critical for normal fetal brain development, and hormonal problems among pregnant women must be properly managed, according to the Endocrine Society, which just revised its guidelines on treating thyroid-related medical issues before, during and after pregnancy. Too much or not enough thyroid hormone can harm both women and their unborn babies, the experts said. The treatment guidelines update the 2007 version. "Pregnancy may affect the course of thyroid diseases and, conversely, thyroid diseases may affect the course of pregnancy," said lead study author Dr. Leslie de Groot, a research professor at the University of Rhode Island, in a society news release. "Pregnant women may be under the care of multiple health care professionals, including obstetricians, nurse midwives, family practitioners and endocrinologists, making the development of ... Read more

Related support groups: Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Hyperthyroidism, Methimazole, Tapazole, Graves' Disease, Propylthiouracil, Northyx

Thyroid Condition Linked to Heart Problems: Study

Posted 23 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23 – New evidence suggests that a type of overactive thyroid condition appears to boost the risk of heart problems, especially atrial fibrillation (a form of irregular heartbeat) and premature death. Patients sometimes are reluctant to do anything about the condition, known as subclinical hyperthyroidism, because it often doesn't cause any symptoms. The findings show, however, that "physicians and patients should take it seriously and consider the appropriate way to treat it to prevent increases in heart disease, bone problems and death," said Dr. Kenneth Burman, chief of the endocrine section at Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C. Patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism have too much of the hormone created by the thyroid gland, which helps control people's metabolism. An estimated 10 percent of the population has the condition, which is considered to be ... Read more

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